25 May 2011 17:34 [Source: ICIS news]
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The court ruled that the responsible state planning authority, Bezirksregierung Dusseldorf, had not done enough to assess the pipeline’s safety in case of an earthquake.
Private citizens and property owners had brought a lawsuit against the authority’s planning decision. They fear that in case of a leakage the pipeline could pose a risk to some 140,000 nearby residents.
Bayer MaterialScience said it would review the court’s decision.
However, the company noted that the court’s ruling confirmed, “in principle”, the pipeline’s high safety standards.
Construction of the pipeline, which started in 2007, is completed. The project will ship surplus CO from Bayer’s production site in
Bayer said the pipeline had been built on the basis of valid planning permits.
In addition, the North Rhine-Westphalia state had repeatedly backed the project in the past, it said.
The project is of significance for the state as a site for chemical production, the company added.
A Bayer MaterialScience offical told ICIS last week that the company's plans for a 300,000 tonne/year toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) project at
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